postnatal education

Who is going to help 'mother' you when your baby is born?

Postnatal Doulas work along side mums and their families, offering uncomplicated emotional and practical support after the birth of the baby.

Having a Doula in a person's home during the important and critical postnatal period, taking into account the family's specific situation enables those families to get a good head start as they establish the all important role of parenting. By supporting the mum and family, the Doula enables the new mum to recover from her pregnancy and birth and to bond with her new baby.

Doulas may assist the family with breastfeeding information and support, or an alternative infant feeding method, encourage and develop the mum's and family's skills with the new baby and assist with running the household (light house cleaning duties, meal preparation, washing). Doulas act as a resource centre and work alongside LMC's, Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, Doctors and other support groups.

Doulas help empower parents by giving them the knowledge that non-judgemental support and a helping hand, is available when needed. Doulas are not medical professionals therefore it is not within their Scope of Practice to perform clinical or medical care on the mother or baby for example vaginal examinations or taking a baby’s temperature.

As parenting doesn't always come easily, employing a Doula will help HB families through this transition period.

frequently asked questions about our postnatal service
what is the role of a doula and why should we have one?
A Doulas basic role is to provide encouragement, emotional and practical support, education, wisdom and assistance according to the family’s needs and wishes. A Doula is there to free up the mum to do nothing but be with her baby and to allow the parents more time to relax and bond with their baby.

A doula may provide help with any or all of the following services; emotional and moral support, breastfeeding or alternative infant feeding support, baby basics (bathing, settling), sibling care, fielding visitors and phone calls, light house cleaning duties, meal preparation and washing. Doulas also act as a resource centre and work alongside other health professional and support groups.

Research has shown that mums who have the support of a postnatal doula are less likely to suffer from postnatal depression. Doulas provide the type of insight and advice that only another woman can provide.

does my doula replace my LMC (lead maternity carer)?
Absolutely not. A Doula is there to work alongside; LMC's, Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, Doctors and support groups. Doulas will support you in implementing the plan you and your LMC have decided upon.

how long can I expect support from my doula?
This is an individual choice that would be negotiated between you and me. Some families may use a Doula for the initial few days after birth, while others may utilise their support for 6 - 8 weeks. The minimum number of hours a Doula would spend in your home at any one time is four hours as this maximises the amount of support a Doula can offer.

what training or qualifications can I expect my doula to have?
I am trained using the CAPPA (Childbirth Post Partum Professional Association) certification programme. This programme has been offered in the United States since 1998.

can my doula provide me with medical advice?
No. I have personal experience with childbirth/childcare, I are not medically trained.

how much will having a doula cost me?
The Doula service is a private service, with no government subsidy provided. HB Doulas currently charge $30.00* per hour. This hourly rate includes travelling costs to/from your home if you are within a 15km radius of Hastings. If you are further afield, an appropriate charge for travel can be arranged.

* prices are subject to change